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With Valentine's Day just around the corner, the season of love and friendship will soon be here, and this year it's got a brand-new soundtrack. Heart Beats: Feel Good Songs for Families is the second compilation album from Mighty Mo Productions, bringing together an impressive lineup of artists from the family-friendly kindie world - with styles ranging from indie folk and pop to surf rock and swingin' jazz. Check out the tracklisting below...

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Rock Father-Approved!A few times a year, I pull back and look at just how much new family music is coming across my desk here at Rock Father HQ - not only physical CDs (which still prevail in the kids and family realm), but also digital albums. The pile is never-ending, and that's one of the reasons why I've started the Kindie Scene 6 column - a quick look at six albums that are available for your enjoyment right now. This week, I'm highlighting four recent releases along with two that technically came out last year - all of which are worth your time. It's sort of a "Women Who Rock Edition," so let's take that theme and roll with it. Also, this time around, all six albums are Rock Father-approved!

The summer of 2014 is already stacking up nicely for new family music, and the latest album to be confirmed here at Rock Father HQ is GOOD EGG, the sixth Kindie release from JOANIE LEEDS AND THE NIGHTLIGHTS, due out June 24 via Limbostar. This time around, Joanie and the gang are joined by fellow rockers like Jacob Stein of THE POP UPS, and funkmaster MISTA COOKIE JAR (CJ is everywhere lately), for a genre-bending album that goes from pop to a not-so-subtle BEASTIE BOYS homage, to Oi! Oi! Oi! punk rock fury (I kid you not).

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Play Hard. Rock Hard. So says the tagline on FATHER GOOSE's official website, and that's something I can definitely get behind. Now, "The King of the Dance Party" has released a Caribbean-flavored new family album, BASHMENT TIME (Amazon | iTunes) - and some stellar guests from around the Kindie world are along for the ride. DAN ZANES lends his voice to the opening track, a reworking of the traditional American folk song "Constant Sorrow," while JOANIE LEEDS provides vocals for "A Who?," and JOSH AND THE JAMTONES join the action for a cover of "Iko, Iko." Stream the full album below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER.

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While I don't have an iPad (actually, there's not an Apple product to be found at Rock Father HQ - though I do use iTunes), I know a lot of you are using the device, and that means your kids are, too. For those of you looking for something new and fun to check out, the JAM ALONG WITH MIBBLIO App offers a melding of quality family entertainment, with their "Mibblets" - musically interactive storybooks that feature some great artists, many of which you've seen featured right here on THE ROCK FATHER. Among the recent additions are JOANIE LEEDS and the NIGHTLIGHTS, THE POP-UPS, and RECESS MONKEY. Check out some previews below...

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Joanie Leeds - BANDWAGONNew York-based JOANIE LEEDS has been busy. In the past thirty days, the singer/songwriter and her band, THE NIGHTLIGHTS, have released a new album, and fourteen music videos to support it. That album, BANDWAGON, has been in regular rotation here at Rock Father HQ for a bit now, a fun, fifteen-song collection of tunes perfect for summer - or a summer road trip with the kids. And I have used it on the road.

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